JB's FRAGRANT PLANTS - TELL US ABOUT YOURS forum: Mitriostigma axillare 'African Gardenia'

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ImageJB
Feb 18, 2014 2:09 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
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This is one of my favorite fragrant plants. It grows 2 to 3 feet tall and is one of the easiest houseplants to grow. It is said to be a relaive of gardenia and yet not nearly as high maintenance. It has tiny star-shaped flowers that are pink in buds and a soft almost creamy white when open. The flowers are in clusters by the dozens and have a subtle sweet fragrance similar to the gardenia. This houseplant is not fussy to grow. It does well in almost all locations, all temperatures and humidity. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a soft sweet fragrance.
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Imagebatflower
Feb 18, 2014 5:28 PM CST
Name: Julie
Pei Canada
I've never heard of this plant before. looks like a jasmine. Very pretty, I'll be looking it up Big Grin
ImageJB
Feb 19, 2014 7:54 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
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I bought my first one at Logee's and it was great until I forgot to water it and it died. The second one I bought lived and got very tall but after a year or so it got really funny looking and I cut it back but then it was not happy. The one I have now I water almost daily with my leftover water from my night stand and it just keeps blooming and blooming. When it wants water the leaves curl up. I just love it. I tried propagating the cuttings from the one I trimmed back and they all died. I do want to try again but I need to research more about it before I do. I did very well with gardenias for years and sold them like crazy but this one is tricky. Big Grin
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 19, 2014 8:22 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
A new plant I haven't heard of either. Sounds very pretty. I'm going to have to do some researching too. You have alot of very neat houseplants that you grow.

Have you tried rooting a small cutting in straight willow tree water? Either that or your going to maybe have to do some grafting, but that can take months and months and months before the first tiny roots will even develop.
ImageJB
Feb 19, 2014 9:47 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
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Ella, I have tried a mixture of soils and waters but some of the research I have done after I tried my methods for gardenias that did not work indicated the most suitable methods would involve seeds or summer cuttings. So, I am waiting for summer and then I am going to take more cuttings. It also said the seeds are heavily infected with insect larva (but I would think that would be if you had them outside???)
But I have never thought of seeds since I am so bad at seeds. Maybe I should try and find some seeds and send them to you, Ella.
It also said that the fruits are yellow to attract MONKEYS and birds. Now I know they are talking about wild growing plants. Rolling on the floor laughing
Pernell Gerver.com had them for sale a few years ago. This link, http://www.plantzafrica.com had quite a bit of information on them if you are interested in checking it out.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 19, 2014 1:26 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
I know when I take regular gardenia shrub cuttings, I take an old mason jar and fill it with half water and half fish water from a friends tank and let the jar just sit outside in the weather and add water as needed. I cut the stems at an angle and scrap away about 3/4" worth of outside bark and let it soak, making sure I have some nodes. Takes about 3 to 4 months before I see roots on a regular gardenia.

I think your right too about the seeds being infected. Seems they would have to be outside and have the right pest even in your area. Hey your learning with seeds and the more you practice, the easier it will become over time. Your a grower, you need to have more confidence in yourself. Keep trying, don't be afraid, I think you have the makings of a good sprouter. Thumbs up

Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Oh for real. Monkey's. All the wild critters I have now around here that all I would need to have so up. Hilarious!
ImageJB
Feb 19, 2014 1:37 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
You have more faith in me than I have when it comes to seeds. I am going to look for some seed pods or fruit, whatever on this African Gardenia. I have never noticed any but then I really never looked.

How are your seed swaps coming along? I bet you are really busy. When you get them all, do you really have the time to start them?
I can not imagine how many you must grow in one season. If you talk to Brenda, give her my love. I wanted to give her some time to grieve. She has so many friends if we all contact her she will be overwhelmed.
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 19, 2014 5:54 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
You may not find any seed pods if you haven't moved the leaves around when in bloom or hand pollinated. I would take a q tip and as new buds open dab pollen on the q tip and than dab it to another bloom that newly opened. Since you don't have bees and other pollinators in the house, you have to make like a bee yourself.

Finally they found the lost piggies sunbathing down in Florida and we down to waiting on the last one to be delivered hopefully within the next week. Still can't believe it took em 16 days to deliver two packages to Ga about an or so away from me. Unreal.

I doing the same, here for her anytime, but letting her have some breathing space too.

I appreciate you introducing us to these new plants. I usually don't do house plants, but you giving me the itch and bug to try some. Such an enabler you are. Whistling Hilarious!
poisondartfrog
Feb 19, 2014 6:55 PM CST
Name: Alana
Kentucky
That's a lovely plant, and new to me. I'm not very houseplanty, but I could see that one earning a spot.
ImageJB
Feb 20, 2014 8:32 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com

BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ....JUST CALL ME BEE!

Now, just because these plants are houseplants for some of us, does not mean they would not do well in your gardens if you are in a warmer zone. They are both garden plants in the tropical climates and even some cooler, depending. The jasmine is a great fence plant, it covers fences, gives you privacy and the odor is just beautiful. It is viney big time. As for the African, that one if you research it can be grown in any soil in almost any condition but it needs to be in a warm zone to be outside all the time. The other thing about these plants and that is why I bought them I use them as patio plants and they just add so much homey warmth to a patio with their subtle fragrance and beautiful little blooms. Mine are outside six months of the year. So, you get the best of both worlds with them.
I would suggest trying. My secret with them is lots of water if it does not rain. Of course I water my deck plants every morning early so they can soak it up with the sun when it gets warmer. They thrive on that.

I am going to be adding some additional jasmine and others to this forum, so stick around. The smell will get to you sooner or later.
Just look at their pictures and take a deep breath. Let your imagination carry you through the day smelling these wonderful scents. Lovey dubby
Imagestarlight1153
Feb 20, 2014 11:14 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
Hilarious! That's it keep enabling. That good to know that they can go outside. I am too lazy to go look the plant up I think. I generally like learning from somebody who has or is actively growing the plant that way I get first hand info not something just off the web that a copy of 8 other sites. And than too if I have questions or get a plant and have problems, I know that somebody is just a few words and a click away.
ImageJB
Feb 20, 2014 11:55 AM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
Ella, I on the other hand love researching plants and printing out the information to file. Never fails I need to look something up sometimes and there it is in the file. I seem to be able to digest it better if I see pictures or read it . Funny how different people learn different ways. As long as we learn, who cares how we do it? Right?
ImageJB
Feb 22, 2014 1:09 PM CST
Name: Jacquie (JB) Berger
Wrightstown, New Jersey
JBsBirdsandMore.com
@starlight1153
Today I took all the old brown what I thought were seed pods from the African Gardenia. I put them on white paper and tried to separate the seeds from the other dried materiel. I could not see or find one seed. Now I need to search and find what these seeds look like before I throw away any of the fodder or whatever you call it. If I can not find them, may I send you this little packet of dried stuff and could you look through it and tell me it you see any seeds? I used a magnifying glass and a tweezers and still was unable to find anything I was sure was a seed. HELP! Seriously, if no do not have time I understand. Sad

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